Topic : Population
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In Brazil, as in many other countries in the developing world, the public has come to regard street children as an intractable problem for which there can be little remedy. By focusing on the children’s frequently overlooked psychological and emotional needs, Auro Lescher is helping children to escape the streets.
Salomón Raydán has created an alternative banking and credit system in which low-income citizens, both invest and borrow from communal banks by creating a network that offers more advanced financial services.
Brazil has a history of racist traditions that are present throughout society, contributing to a social abyss between blacks and whites. Today, there is a very well articulated black movement in the country. Their efforts, however, are usually limited to addressing the effects of racism within the black community.
Milind Ranade, who quit his job at a textile mill to work in the slums of Bombay, founded an alternative labor union that counters discrimination against "untouchables" scavenging in municipal garbage dumps and raises their social status towards full and equal citizens.
Stefan Schwall has developed and piloted a new approach to reduce high school absenteeism: Stefan supports schools in tracking absences, trains teachers to deal with difficult students, created a facility for chronically absent kids, and has transformed cooperation with the youth welfare system. He is cutting costs for youth welfare offices and ensuring that chronically absent kids are placed in programs that are appropriate for their needs.
Tomas Alvarez is making mental health and wellness services more accessible, useful, and meaningful for youth of color by integrating pop culture and community-defined strategies with proven therapy models.
Roma Debabrata is mobilizing urban, migrant communities to find and report cases of trafficking. By building vigilant networks and effective partnerships with law enforcement, Roma is enabling citizens to take control and curb trafficking.
Information technology can be used to enhance social change and shift the conversation on social issues, yet assumptions about its impact often remain unexamined due to fast-changing developments and a lack of capacity amongst actors for social change.
Joakín Mayorga shows Colombia's small towns how to develop local "sovereignty" as a way of dispelling corruption and violence and laying foundations for development.
Sascha Haselmayer is creating mechanisms to spread innovation into cities, improve governance, and radically alter the way cities deliver much-needed services. With the use of new technology application concepts—a city as a lab—he is mobilizing a new community focused on making cities more functional for citizens. Sascha is creating a new space for government, corporations, and public sectors to engage for larger social impact.